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Ukraine Experiences a 12 Billion Military Procurement Scandal; Zelensky Publicly Declares Income to Demonstrate Anti-Corruption Resolve

On January 28th, Ukrainian President Zelensky publicly disclosed his personal income for the past two years, demonstrating his commitment to transparency and anti-corruption efforts. This move is aimed at gaining international weapons and financial aid, as well as meeting the strict standards of the European Union. The day before, Ukrainian authorities also announced the exposure of a major military procurement corruption case worth a total of $40 million.

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Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Visits North Korea, Both Sides Agree to Safeguard Common Core Interests

According to North Korean state media, North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui met with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong. Both sides agreed to deepen the friendly cooperation between the two countries on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and North Korea, strengthen strategic communication and coordination, and exchange views on issues such as the relationship between the two countries, the international and regional situation, etc.

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Demanding Government Reform: French Farmers Block Roads in Tractor Protest

French farmers have launched a series of intense protests over the past week, demanding that the government take emergency action to address issues such as inflation, heavy taxation on farmers, cheap imported agricultural products, and soaring costs. On the 26th, farmers blocked a major highway connecting Paris with the northern cities of Lille, Benelux, and the UK. The several-kilometer-long road was blocked, causing severe traffic disruptions around the capital.

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Controversy Surrounds Australia Day: Simultaneous Demonstrations Protesting Citizenship Oaths

Tens of thousands of Australians took to the streets today to protest on January 26th, Australia's controversial National Day, which commemorates the arrival of European settlers at Sydney Cove in 1788, with demonstrators calling it an 'invasion day'.

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Turkish Parliament Approves Sweden's NATO Membership

After 20 months of Sweden’s application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Turkey’s parliament finally approved Sweden’s membership on the 23rd. Hungary is the only member country that has not yet approved Sweden’s membership.

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Rising Housing Prices Linked to High Immigration: Canada Restricts Foreign Student Visas

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Marco Mendicino, announced on the 22nd that the number of foreign student visas issued will be significantly reduced in the next two years, with an expected reduction of about 35% this year. According to foreign media reports, the number of international students in Canada exceeded 800,000 in 2022, nearly four times the number ten years ago, leading to a surge in demand for housing and social services for foreign students, which has put considerable pressure on Canada.

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Nuclear Weapons, Warfare, Climate Threats: Doomsday Clock Stays at 90 Seconds to Midnight

The annual Doomsday Clock report by atomic scientists has once again set the clock at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest it has been to the end of the world since its inception in 1947. This reflects the possibility of nuclear escalation due to the Russian-Ukrainian war and the multiple impacts of the climate crisis on human survival after the Earth set a record high temperature last year.

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Protesting Far-Right Expulsion of Immigrants: 1.4 Million People Take to the Streets in Germany

Recently, more than 1.4 million people across Germany took to the streets to protest against the far-right’s expulsion of immigrants policy. Protesters condemned the far-right’s actions, believing that these actions seriously violated human rights values and threatened Germany’s multicultural society. They emphasized equal respect for all people, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality.

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DeSantis announces withdrawal, Haley and Trump face off

The second stop of the US Republican presidential primary, New Hampshire, will be held on January 23. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his withdrawal earlier and endorsed former US President Donald Trump. Currently, the Republican nomination battle has almost become a one-on-one showdown between former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Trump. The results of the New Hampshire primary have also become the focus of attention from all parties.

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Pakistan Retaliatory Attack on Iran Results in 9 Casualties

Iran, a Shia Islamic country, launched an air strike against Pakistan, a Sunni country, on the 16th of March, on the pretext of fighting against terrorist organizations, resulting in two deaths and three injuries. Pakistan retaliated by launching air strikes against separatist militants in Iranian territory on the 18th, killing at least nine people.